The last-place Milwaukee Brewers have stabilized in the summertime.
The offense has picked up, buttressed by an effective bullpen led by lights-out closer Francisco Rodriguez. With the second half starting Friday against the Pirates, manager Craig Counsell is hoping the Brewers can build on a 21-18 record since June 1.
A bounce-back first half for outfielder Ryan Braun, who has 16 homers, has helped.
The improvement, though, may not be enough to prevent the Brewers from become sellers at the trade deadline after their 17-34 start this season.
Rodriguez, who is 19 of 19 in save opportunities, could be attractive to other clubs. Other veterans who might draw interest are third baseman Aramis Ramirez, outfielder Gerardo Parra and first baseman Adam Lind.
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